Waterton Academy Trust Primary (5-11) (2ZVW)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Leeds Trinity University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

If you are considering starting a rewarding career in teaching where you can make a real difference in the lives of young children, come and find our what Waterton can offer you!

You’ll learn how effective teaching can impact a child’s educational progress, developing teaching skills informed by theory and subject knowledge. You’ll apply your knowledge in a classroom setting, working in all areas of the national curriculum. You’ll understand the roles and responsibilities of a teacher and develop the professional skills of planning, teaching and assessing learning, as well as how to build effective relationships with children.

As a partnership led course you will split your learning between placement schools and with Leeds Trinity University. The advantage of the School Based Training route is that you will spend a greater proportion of your time working within schools and a significant proportion of the training is delivered bespoke to the Waterton cohort by outstanding current practitioners.

During the year you will have blocks of training at the Leeds Trinity Campus, focusing on the teaching of English, Maths, Science and Masters level Professional Studies.

When in school, training will focus on a range of teacher knowledge and curriculum areas including:

  • Being a research led practitioner
  • Effective classroom organisation and behaviour management
  • Managing important relationships with adults
  • All National Curriculum subjects including extended PE training, Forest School and Drama

School placements

Each successful candidate with be allocated a ‘Home’ school where you will spend the majority of the year learning. In that school you will carry out two block placements, including your final placement which plays the significant role in your final assessments for QTS. You will also carry out an alternative placement in another school within the Trust, ensuring that you have a wider view of school life. As a Primary 5 to 11 PGCE, we will ensure that you teach a range of ages during the year, with placements that may include Reception, KS1 and KS2. With 12 schools within our Trust, we have a range of community characteristic which provides our trainees with a full and robust understanding of many of the challenges facing teachers in England.

The twin cores of academic learning and school teaching practice makes the PGCE process challenging and demanding. In order to ensure that our trainees are well supported, there is a multi level structure of mentors and tutors that our trainees can access and learn from. During the placement you will be closely supported by a Class Teacher Mentor who will guide and support you through the professional challenges of planning and delivering lessons to your class. They will also act as a role model to help you with the management of your classroom, including how to create a positive behaviour environment. You will also have a School Professional Mentor who will ensure that you fulfil the school requirements to meeting the professional standards for QTS, and who will carry out your formal assessment activities. You will also have a University Tutor for each placement who will guide you through the academic requirements for the PGCE, and will provide moderation of your placement to ensure that you are receiving the correct professional and personal support throughout your teaching practice.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

“If you do not already have the appropriate GCSEs, or if you are unable to provide proof of your grades, we can accept GCSE equivalency tests taken with www.equivalencytesting.com, www.astarequivalency.co.uk or Birmingham City University (BCU) www.bcu.ac.uk. You only need to do the test if you are offered a place with us that you firmly accept. We can only accept tests from these providers and you will need to contact them directly for details on how to book and their costs.”

Personal qualities

We look to bring people with a passion for teaching into our schools. Successful applicants have been able to share this in their interviews, including how they have ensured that they had tested their affinity to working with young children through volunteer roles or through working with children. Successful candidates have been able to communicate clearly and in a manner that engages their audience. This will be on different professional levels, working with pupils, colleagues and the leadership team of the ITE programme.

Other requirements

Waterton Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and ensuring the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

The suitability of all prospective trainees will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment. This will include appropriate references, identity checks and an enhanced DBS check.

Candidates will be asked to explain any gaps in their training and employment records, and to provide appropriate evidence of essential qualifications.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Waterton Academy Trust is made up of a dynamic group of Primary Schools in the Wakefield and Barnsley Districts. Within our schools we offer placements, training, support and further opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills to become great teachers.

What Waterton can offer:

  • Proven track record of bringing teachers into the profession through high quality Initial Teacher Training
  • Expertise and enthusiasm across the cluster in the professional development of all education staff
  • Opportunities for trainees to learn about and experience the special features of each partner school through School Experience Days
  • Experienced mentors and tutors who will provide personalised support across the placements
  • Opportunities to develop as a group of Waterton trainees during all training and placements

By choosing to train within a close partnership such as ours, you will benefit from being treated as part of our family from day one. We are committed to training great teachers as a key block in building great schools for our pupils and community. In 2019 80% of our trainees who successfully completed their PGCE went on to become full-time teachers in our schools.

Come and visit us at our stand at the PGCE Open Days

To find out more visit our website

If you are considering starting a rewarding career in teaching where you can make a real difference in the lives of young children, come and find our what Waterton can offer you!

Interview process

Appropriately qualified candidates will be invited to interview at one of our schools. You will be asked to prepare a teaching activity to deliver to a group of children. You will then have an interview with teaching colleagues from our schools which will encourage reflections on your chosen activity and questions which will help us understand the depth of your commitment to teaching as a profession.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

In Partnership with Leeds Trinity, we can provide advice and additional support to students with a range of disabilities. These include:

  • dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties
  • medical conditions
  • visual and hearing impairments
  • physical or mobility difficulties
  • mental health conditions

All of our school sites are fully accessible for wheel chair users. The campus buildings at Leeds Trinity ​ have been developed to include:

  • platform lifts for wheelchair users
  • automatic doors
  • adapted fire alarms for students with hearing impairments

Our partnership is committed to supporting all colleagues with any mental health conditions, providing access to appropriate mentoring and counselling. We will signpost colleagues to professional support in health services and ensure appropriate and reasonable adaptations are considered and applied where necessary.

Contact this training provider

01924 240767
Waterton Academy Trust Centre for Excellence
The Grove
West Yorkshire

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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